UndyedYarnpire’s Fiber Opera

June 30, 2011

toads, tardis, telling you about an event

Filed under: summary — UndyedYarnpire @ 10:40 am

I was reading Nicki Epstein’s new book, the block one, and got really inspired by the animals in the back. I love the turtle one made from a square of basket weave. I had a request for a green animal right after I finished the second elephant. Which I had forgotten because the second elephant was a hard slog to finish. But I got a Rav PM from someone last night admiring the elephants.

I think I could easily make a toad based on what I have done with the elephants and seeing how the turtle came out in the book today. I stopped what I was doing and immediately cast on. I have about half the face knitted, including some non-flat bits for toad-like texture. The yarn is the mottled green stuff I used for that lace scarf. (There is probably not anywhere nearly enough of it. Even after 8 years of knitting, I still mis-estimate yarn needs most dramatically. I usually have twice what I will need or I have half. It is rarely close.)  I am pausing at this point trying to decide if I want to dye some yarn fresh and start with more than enough or if I want to continue with my current plan to make a two-tone toad (it will be white-bellied) and hope there is sufficient mottled green.

There was a sizing problem with the “Phantom Phonebooth” socks. I had my husband (the intended recipient) try them on when I had done the decreases for the short row heel and it was at least half an inch too short. I pulled out the heel, laboriously picked up stitches and added 6 more rounds. But I had forgotten I had already added the wing-increase stitches (using the Bordhi method for toe-up construction)  so I am concerned the ankle will be baggy. The socks are not at all stretchy. Either I am knitting too tightly or I should have been suffering through ribbing. So it absolutely will have to actually fit him, there is not enough give that these would be comfortable to wear otherwise. I have not even arrived at the interesting part of this, where I get to make it look like the Tardis.

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The Oakland Fiber Festival is coming up on July 10, 2011. That is a Sunday. It is being held at Splashpad Park in Oakland, where the regular farmers market is. I will be attending this event. If you have been wanting to meet me in person, this free event that has free parking might be a good opportunity. Although many restaurants are closed nearby on Sundays, there are several that will be open. It was not a great event last year. I certainly would not drive from Marin or Sunnyvale to see it, but this is walking distance for me so my scale is different than people who come from far away. It might be better this year as well since the organizers have practice.

Admittedly I am hoping to meet some fiber-craft people who are not immediately local to me because I struggle to fit in with most of the knitters I have met. Or if you are immediately local and actually outlook-tolerant, please speak up. My email is on the sidebar or you can send a Rav PM (same username) if you do not want to leave a comment in public.

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June 3, 2011

Quick update

Filed under: summary — UndyedYarnpire @ 2:33 pm

It has been a while since I had something to post. The Tardis socks (“Phantom Phonebooth”) proceed.  I am at the heels. The only thing I did not correctly anticipate in doing two-at-a-time is that the heels are going to be awkward, but something seems to be working out. It feels a bit like being lost and just following the majority of cars because chances are pretty good other people want to go where you want to go.

There are no pictures yet because it looks like a pair of blue blobs.

I have really appreciated the instructions in the first Cat Bordhi sock book, but the book itself is horrible to use. I am constantly paging back and forth and back and forth. I bookmarked all the pages I used for these socks and there are 15 bookmarks in the book. It is bad enough that I am seriously considering taking an Exacto knife and cutting out the pages so the actual instructions can be assembled coherently. The instructions are great, but I find myself so frustrated trying to find them that I tend to assume I remember it from last time.

Non-knitting news, I finally have a credit card that Paypal accepts. I am seriously considering buying the Rogue or Eris sweater pattern. I have loved that forever. But I am highly unlikely to actually knit it since I am such a lazy knitter.

Spinning updates. I have spun 8 ounces of BFL from CMF in the “Black Sun” colorway. I like it a lot as a three-ply yarn, but obviously taking a year off of spinning did nothing for my consistency. It was a very good thing that I restarted with BFL, because that really is my go-to fiber.

CMF is having a sale, free shipping, and the Cormo is out— and they will custom dye it (normally it is just available undyed.) But my storage bins are full and the Oakland Fiber Festival is upcoming, so I am not buying. I do really like their dye work and they seem to be fast and reliable. Plus their bumps are 8oz and extremely consistent. I was able to spin a sweater’s worth and all the balls look similar enough that I am not worried about the sleeves not matching or other weirdness.

This would go over a lot better with pictures or links, but just about everything is repeated.

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